President Obama's summer reading list revealed

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President Obama has brought some books with him on his extended late-summer holiday on Martha's Vineyard -- he arrived on Aug. 7 and he's staying until Aug. 23 -- to go along with the prodigious amount of golf he'll be playing, including a round with Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David.

Here's what's on the president's reading list:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
All That Is by James Salter
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri


Photos of Obama on vacation this summer in Martha's Vineyard:

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WEST TISBURY , MA - AUGUST 16: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) his daughter Malia Obama ride a bike during a vacation on Martha's Vineyard August 16, 2013in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. Obama and his family are on a weeklong vacation. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)
CHILMARK, MA - AUGUST 20: A motorcade carrying U.S. President Barack Obama leaves Blue Heron Farm August 20, 2011 in Chilmark, Massachusetts. The President attended a social event at the home of Harvard professor Charles Ogletree in Oak Bluffs. This is the third year the president has taken his vacation on Martha's Vineyard. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
OAK BLUFFS, MA - AUGUST 20: Residents watch as the motorcade carrying U.S. President Barack Obama passes by August 20, 2011 in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. The President attended a social event at the home of Harvard professor Charles Ogletree in Oak Bluffs. This is the third year the president has taken his vacation on Martha's Vineyard. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
VINEYARD HAVEN, MA - AUGUST 19: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) waves to the crowd after he and daughters Sasha (3rd L) leave the Bunch of Grapes Book Store August 19, 2011 on Martha's Vineyard, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. Obama and his family are on a 10-day vacation on the island. (Photo by CJ Gunther-Pool/Getty Images)
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Some quick notes on his choices:

Coates is the hottest African-American intellectual out there right now. His case for slavery reparations in The Atlantic last year made a huge stir. And he's helping David Simon pen his Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries for HBO. Between the World and Me is a memoir written in the form of an essay to his son that explores what it means to be a black male in today's America.

Chernow has also been in the news lately, but for one of his older books, Alexander Hamilton, which was the inspiration for Lin-Manuel Miranda's hot, hip musical (read THR's cover story on it here). In this book his goal is to replace the myth with a man, so as to appreciate him more. Presidents love to read biographies of other presidents. Sometime during their term, every president turns to either Washington or Lincoln.

New Yorker writer Kolbert argues humans are changing the world so much -- "reassembling the biosphere," in her words -- that it's going to bring on the sixth great extinction of life in Earth's history. Scary stuff and sure to reinforce the Republican view that Obama's environmental policies are bad since, as a general rule, the party dismisses the idea of climate change and the human impact on the biosphere

Obama's three novels -- All That Is, All The Light We Cannot See and The Lowland -- show an interest in highbrow literary fiction. No cheesy beach-read page-turners here. Salter won a prestigious PEN/Faulkner award, while Lahiri and Doerr won Pulitzers. Interestingly, all three novels are set in the '40s to '60s period. All That Is is about an American naval officer coming to terms with his World War II service. All the Light We Cannot See is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose lives intersect during WWII. Lowland is an India-set novel about two brothers growing up in Calcutta in the '50s and '60s.


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